Posts Tagged ‘Blessing

28
Feb
18

A Kind Greeting

Peter starts off his 2nd letter with a wonderful greeting. He wrote:

Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:
2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.​ – 2 Peter 1:1-2 (NIV)​

First, he says that we have received a precious faith through the righteousness of Jesus. If Jesus didn’t live a perfectly righteous life, then our faith is useless. It is because Jesus never sinned that His sacrifice on the cross was pleasing to God the Father and was able to take away our sins. Our faith has been received, meaning it did not originate with us. Rather, it is a gift from God.
Second, Peter blesses his audience by wishing them grace and peace in abundance. What a kind greeting to wish someone the blessings of abundant grace and peace.
My prayer for you today is that you would experience abundant grace and peace in your life because you know God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.
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08
Jan
18

How To Repay Evil

When people mistreat you, what is your response? If someone insults you, what do you say in return? Peter tells us how to repay someone who is mean to us. He writes:

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. – 1 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

Instead of revenge, we are to repay evil with a blessing. Say what? How is that even possible? How can we be expected to do that? If someone bops you in the nose, you want to bop them right back! The thing about revenge is that it is never an eye for an eye. It’s two eyes for an eye. We want to get revenge plus a little more. We want to teach them a lesson. Don’t mess with me! That’s not how a follower of Jesus should respond. God promises a blessing to those who repay evil with a blessing instead of revenge. God’s deepest desire is for people to be reconciled to Him. If you bless someone who mistreats you or insults you, you might win them over to Jesus. There’s much more at stake than your pride or hurt feelings.
03
Aug
17

The Blessing Of Generosity

God’s Word has much to say about being generous. God blesses us so that we can be a blessing to others. Solomon says that when we share our blessings with the poor, we receive even more in the way of blessings. He says:

The generous will themselves be blessed,
    for they share their food with the poor. – Proverbs 22:9 (NIV)

Rather than pointing fingers at the poor and being generous in insults, let’s be generous with our blessings. Some will say that poor people are ignorant or lazy. That’s not necessarily true. What about the poor who are exploited by tyrannical governments? What about the poor who lose their jobs because of greed? What about the poor who are victims of an economic downturn? Not every poor person is poor because of bad choices. And even if they are, who are we to judge? Let’s make the choice to be generous and invite God’s blessings into our lives.
06
Nov
16

Blessing The Poor With Your Wealth

The link to the latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.  This message is based on James 5:1-6.




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